Mumbai: Maharashtra government backtracked after the reprimand of the High court

By Rons Bantwal

Mumbai, Mar 05: No penalty for not applying mask will have to return all the fines collected till now Action will be taken against the guilty Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, BMC Marshal, Commissioner Iqbal Chahal, Suresh Kakani under sections IPC 384, 385, 420, 409, 120(B), 109,
52 etc.The efforts of 'Awaken India Movement' (AIM) and 'Indian Bar Association' (IBA) got a big success. Mumbai High Court reprimanded the government, said the orders of Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte illegal.

There is no provision in the Disaster Management Act 2005 to take a fine for not wearing a mask. But the former Chief Secretary of Maharashtra, Sitaram Kunte, abusing his position, issued an illegal order to impose a fine of 200 rupees and later 500 rupees on the citizens of Maharashtra
for not wearing masks.

This matter was brought to the notice of the High Court when the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the coercive order of the vaccine was being heard. This petition of 'Awaken India Movement' Firoz Mithiborwala and Yohan Tengra filed. The High Court clarified in its order
that Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte had no authority to give orders and all his orders were illegal.

The counsel for the petitioner told the court that it is extortion to collect the fine illegally and the guilty officers would have been entitled to life imprisonment under sections like IPC 384, 385, 420, 409, 120(B), 34,109 etc. Is. Later, the fine of masks has been removed from the new orders issued by the Maharashtra government. In this illegal recovery of Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal, Suresh Kakani supported and he gave contract to other people to collect the fine.

Till now more than 120 crore fine has been collected by fooling Mumbaikars. There were many movements against it. A new public interest litigation is going to be filed next week to order the refund of all that fine, such information was given by the National President of the Indian Bar Association, Advocate Nilesh Ojha.



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  • Sk, Mumbai Central

    Fri, Mar 11 2022

    Is this news correct or not because today at Mumbai Central station i have seen bmc marshalls catching people for not wearing. Mask If this news is correct the marshalls should be arrested by the police and the police station is just opposite side to them

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  • jay, mumbai

    Wed, Apr 13 2022

    all the minister are corrupt & fraud they just want money form citizen to fill their pocket

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  • Pankaj, Mulund mumbai

    Mon, Mar 07 2022

    It was right decision . Think of the situation when corona was at peak and people moving out without having mask? Tell me honestly would u have been wearing mask if it was not compulsory ? Although it was not part of the act, it was in the best interest of people...Court should have considered this.

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  • Ayush jain, Delhi

    Mon, Mar 07 2022

    Awesome initiative

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  • Sandeep Khale, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 06 2022

    Obviously the High Court has exceeded its authority even to consider this as an issue for a hearing and giving an Order. There is no 'locus standi' for the Courts in these scenarios, even to intervene, let alone state, what is right and what is wrong! We, the people of India, are extremely ignorant. 😢🥲

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  • Sattar, Mmbai

    Sun, Mar 06 2022

    Pls upload the copy of the order stating the above : No penalty for not applying mask. It will help public to oppose penalty

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  • Venkataranab, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 06 2022

    It is quite likely that almost all the individuals who were fined have destroyed their receipts, which would mean that almost all of the fine collected would be retained with the Goverment, illegally ofcourse, as individuals fined would not be able to prove their plight. Under the circumstances, the HC should direct the State to transfer the amount to varius public causes in the interest of humanity.

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  • Swatin Shetty, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 05 2022

    All know that these fines are directly going in the pockets of the the ruling political parties. Great to hear someone taking initiative against this! PS: This article hasn't been proofread.

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